Currently ♥ No. 26

Reading: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
Watching: Summer Camp Island! I'm so glad this show is back! It's so pure!
Drinking: Iced soy green tea lattes from Starbucks
Listening: Some of my favorite songs from the week
CHAI - Alright
CHUNG HA - Snapping
JeA - Dear, Rude (feat. Cheetah)
Celebrating: Almost completely the Blogilates Summer Sculpt. Two days left!
Excited for: Stranger Things 3 coming next week!
Working on: Incorporating crystals into my meditation routine.

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My Favorite K-pop Songs of 2019 Playlist ♥ Jan-Jun 2019

My Favorite K-pop Songs of 2019
Can you believe we're halfway through 2019 already? That means it's time where I share some of my favorite K-pop songs that have been released so far! To be honest, I was kind of disappointed by some of my favorite groups release goods that are amazing but don't suck either. Don't get me wrong, there were some earworms that definitely stood out but some songs just didn't hook me in.

In this playlist, I will only be sharing the songs from groups that they promoted. I always listen to the entire album because there could be some hidden gems in the album that you'll only here if you're a fan of the group or artist (let me know if you would like to see a b-side playlist). Anyways, I put together this playlist featuring 20 of my favorite K-pop songs of 2019 that were released in January-June. If you enjoy any of these songs make sure to go watch the music video and view more songs from the artists.

My Favorite K-pop Songs of 2019
What's your favorite song of 2019 so far?

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Books I've Read So Far ♥ 2019 Bookshelf

I enjoy reading but it's not the first thing that comes to mind when I want to unwind I have other hobbies that I prefer to do with some extra time. That is why this year I made it a personal goal of mine to read one book a month. Since beginning this challenge I'm happy to report that it's only been six months and I've managed to read 8 books, and counting! I haven't read this much since I was in high school!

Down below I listed all the books I've read so far along with a brief review. I didn't want to make this post too long so I encourage you to go and read the book blurb if you're interested in a certain book. To stay updated on the books I read this year go and follow me on Goodreads.

Shiny Happy Person: Finding the Sun Between Clouds of Depression - Terri Cox
In the begging Terri shares her story about how her anxiety and depression developed and affected her adult life. In the end, she shares some advice for those suffering. Though, I relate to Terry I wish she would've shared some tips and advice on dealing with anxiety and depression.

Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig
A book I would recommend for dealing with anxiety and depression is Reasons To Stay Alive. Matt tells his journey of dealing with depression and how he overcame it. If you deal with any mental health issue I would recommend this book. There is also lots of encouragement to keep on going. It was a comfort to read especially on days when I didn't want to be here.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond fear - Elizabeth Gilbert
As a creative, Big Magic was a very insightful read on the creative process. It was so fascinating to read about certain methods that happen when you're trying to create new projects such as burn out and stolen ideas. It makes you feel thankful to even be a creative person. This book inspired me so much I even made a blog post on some of my favorite lines I read from here.

Convenience Store Women - Sayaka Murata
What first caught my attention was the extremely cute cover art but after reading the description I was instantly drawn. While I didn't completely like the main character I could relate to her, at times. It was a quick read but the ending was unsatisfying.

#Girlboss - Sophia Amoruso
From the lady who built the online shopping site, Nasty Gal. Sophia explains her rags to riches story along with sharing advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. This was both entertaining and inspiring to read.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kamal Ravikant
Another favorite that I recommend reading is this one! It's a quick read (you can literally read it in like an hour!) but the information I learned from this book is so helpful especially if you struggle with depression.  It's simple but empowering. I still practice things I've read this book to this day!

Gone Girl - Gillan Flynn
Thrillers are one of my favorite genres. I enjoy being on the edge of my seat and trying to figure out the story before the end. Gone Girl, is exactly that! I was drawn in from the beginning to the end! I can't wait to watch the film and see the story come to life.

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe - Lauren James
Another gripping read was The Loneliest Girl In The Universe. It's a sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl stuck in space awaiting her arrival on a new planet. It was really cute and I enjoyed reading the email exchanges. It was so fascinating hearing about the lifestyle of a someone stuck in space (even if it was fiction. lol). There were some unexpected moments at the ending that made me wish the book was longer.

What's your favorite book you've read this year so far?

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Currently ♥ No. 25

Watching: Always Be Me Maybe
Eating: Chocolate Chip Clif Energy Bars
Feeling: I didn't feel that great at the beginning of the week but thanks to all my online friends for checking in on me. I'm doing better now. :)
Excited for: A new issue of Zipper magazine!
Practicing: Meditation

How was your week? What are you doing this weekend?

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Red Velvet Fan Stick Plush ♥ Crochet Pattern

Red Velvet Fan Stick Plush Crochet Pattern
Red Velvet just made their summer comeback with Zimzalabim. It's amazing! Red Velvet consists of 5 members, Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri. They debuted in 2014 and are signed under SM Entertainment.

The Red Velvet fandom is called "ReVeluv" which is a combines their group's name, "Red Velvet" and "love". Their official fan color is pastel coral.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the design of Red Velvet's lightstick because I think they could've made something more creative but it was simple to crochet. The trickiest part was probably cutting out the Red Velvet logo. lol

If you don't know how to crochet and would like your own Red Velvet fan stick plush you can direct message me here and I will gladly make you one.

Red Velvet Fan Stick Plush Crochet Pattern
- G/4.25 mm crochet hook
- White worsted weight yarn
- Coral worsted weight yarn
- Light pink or peach worsted weight yarn
- Coral felt
- Slanted tapestry needle
- Scissors
- Polyfil stuffing
- Fabric glue
- Sewing pins (optional)

ch(s) - chains
st(s) - stitch(es)
slst - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
flo - front loop only
dec - decrease
cc - color change
(x_) - repeat (_) amount of times
[x_] - repeat everything inside the [_] times amount of times

Crochet Level

If you have any problems with this pattern feel free to contact me so that I can make corrections to the pattern.

Red Velvet Fan Stick Plush Crochet Pattern
With G hook and coral yarn
Round 1: magic circle 8 sts. Total = 8 sts
Round 2: flo, sc 8 sts. Total = 8 sts
cc to white yarn
Rounds 3: flo, sc 8 sts. Total = 8 sts
Rounds 4-8: sc 8 sts. Total = 8 sts
*stuff lightly*
Round 9: [2sc in next st, sc 1 st (x4)]. Total = 12 sts
Round 10: sc 12 sts. Total = 12 sts
Rounds 11-14: sc 12 sts. Total = 12 sts
Round 15: [2sc in next st, sc 5 sts. (x2)]. Total = 14 sts
*stuff lightly*
Rounds 16-17: sc 14 sts. Total = 14 sts
Round 18: [2sc in next st, sc 6 sts (x2)]. Total = 16 sts
cc to coral yarn
Rounds 19-20: sc 16 sts. Total = 16 sts
Cut off and weave ends

With G hook and coral yarn
Round 1: magic circle 2 sts. Total = 2 sts
Round 2: 2sc in each st (x2). Total = 4 sts
Round 3: 2sc in each st (x4). Total = 8 sts
cc to light pink or peach yarn
Round 4: 2sc in each st (x8). Total = 16 sts
Round 5: 2sc in each st (x16). Total = 32 sts
Round 6: sc 32 sts. Total = 32 sts
Round 7: [2sc, sc 3 (x8)]. Total = 40 sts
Rounds 8-9: sc 40 sts. Total = 40 sts
*stuff lightly*
Round 10: [dec st, sc 2 (x10)]. Total = 30 sts
Rounds 11-12: sc 30 sts. Total = 30 sts
Round 13: [dec st, sc 1 (x10)]. Total = 20 sts
*stuff lightly*
Rounds 14-15: sc 20 sts. Total = 20 sts
Round 16: [dec st, sc 3 (x4)]. Total = 16 sts
Round 17: sc 16 sts. Total = 16 sts
Cut out and leave long tail for sewing

Red Velvet Fan Stick Plush Crochet Pattern
Sew the diamond to the handle. Weave loose ends. With coral felt and cut out the Red Velvet logo and glue down. You a paper to trace to help you get the correct shape. Press lightly to secure and leave to dry.

Red Velvet Fan Stick Plush Crochet Pattern
What's your favorite Red Velvet song?

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6 Before 26 ♥ Lifestyle Goals

6 Before 26
Next month I turn 26, which I still can't wrap my head around! Am I still in my mid-twenties? Or is this the beginning of my late-twenties? Anyways, I put together this list of 6 goals that I want to accomplish before next month.

Complete Blogilates Challenge
Earlier this month I started Blogilates 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challange. I've done many fitness challenges so I know I can (and will) complete this challenge and even though there have been days where I almost missed a day. But I'm still here. I just need to keep it up and make sure I can squeeze my workouts even on days when I'm tired.

Clean Out My Closet
I was supposed to do this back in Spring but I kept putting it off. My closet isn't messy but it's full of clothes that I don't wear enough and just need to get rid of or donate. So, sometime between now and July 14, I need to spend some quality time cleaning out my closet.

Reopen My Shop
Something that I've been working on in the background is switching my shop to a different platform because I wasn't happy with Etsy. I've been having technical difficulties with this new platform but I've reached out to the company and they're working on fixing the issue so I just have to wait on their end and then my shop will be live. When it does open I will make a separate post explaining the changes.

Start Meditating Again
A couple of weeks ago, I was waking up first thing and starting my day with a delicious morning meditation practice. Since then I've fallen off the wagon. My biggest problem is that I want to start my day off with a delicious meditation but sometimes that isn't feasible for me. My goal is to integrate a 5-10 minute practice sometime throughout the day.

Read 2 Books
My goal at the beginning of the year was to read 12 books, one for each month. I just finished my eighth book of the year (Follow me on Goodreads to see what books I'm reading.)! At first, I started reading again to help with my mental health but reading has become a new hobby that I look forward to every night. Why two books? Well, two is better than one (at least when it comes to books) and I have so many books that I want to read that I've started to read more than one book at a time! haha

Complete My Hobonichi
June is the final month in the first booklet in the Hobonichi Techo Cousin. I still have to go back and fill in some empty pages that I skipped in April. I don't want to leave these pages empty so I need to find time to go back and decorate those pages with washi tape or something inspirational before I move onto the second booklet.

What do you want to accomplish before your next birthday?

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Currently ♥ No. 24

Playing: Pokemon Moon
Watching: Aggretsuko! I'm so excited to watch the second season!
Eating: Coconut jam toasted sandwiches 
Loving: The new MONSTA X song! It's been stuck in my head ever since it was released!
Feeling: Like I'm getting healthier. I've been exercising regularly and eating better but I still need to work on my sleep schedule.
Listening: The Boondocks Podcast
Celebrating: One more month until my birthday! I have one month until I'm 26 and I'm not looking forward to it. I used to look forward to my birthday but after turning 21 I now dread birthdays.
Excited for: Animal Crossing New Horizon and Final Fantasy XII coming out in 2020!
Working on: Getting my store open on a different platform. More on this later.

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My Vitamin Routine ♥ Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly

My Vitamin Routine
I have a difficult time swallowing pills so I take chewable, meltable or gummy vitamins. Back in the day when I first became a vegetarian, there weren't that many non-pill options so if I needed to take a pill I would mash the pill. Thankfully, there are so many options now so you can take your supplements without feeling sick. I also explain a little as to why I took certain vitamins because if any of you are suffering from a certain problem I would recommend you do some more research on said vitamin.

All of the vitamins and supplements in this post are also vegetarian and vegan-friendly because if you didn't know I'm vegetarian and in the process of going vegan one day so I would like to be one step ahead by having vegan vitamins.

These products were bought with my own money and I wasn't sent any of these for free or to review. All opinions are my own.

My Vitamin Routine
BariMelts Iron + Vitamin C
About this time last year, I got bloodwork done and found out that I have iron deficiency anemia. Which explained why I would get really exhausted for climbing stairs or doing ceratin workout moves. I'm young and pretty healthy so I don't need to be feeling this fatigued at my age. I haven't gotten my blood checked since last year but I can feel definitely tell from doing those certain work out moves that I don't get as tired as I use to before. Since taking these vitamins I haven't felt as fatigued as before.

Bluebonnet Earth Sweet Chewable Vitamin B12
This an essential vitamin to take if you're vegetarian or vegan because your body doesn't produce B12  and B12 is mainly found in animals like meat and eggs which I obviously don't take. If you're a vegetarian or vegan and don't take B12, well you should.

Bluebonnet Earth Sweet Chewable Calcium Magnesium, + Vitamin D3 Dietary Supplement
One thing you should know about me is that my bones are very fragile! They literally crack every time I move and they make a very alarming sound. After researching online I found that I might be lacking calcium, my calcium levels weren't that low on my blood chart but not at a normal level either so I decided to start taking calcium regularly.

I found these on Amazon that contains calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, all three are ideal for improving bone health. The taste is a bit chalky but they aren't bad, plus vitamins aren't supposed to be tasty but they're worth taking if they can improve your health. Since taking these, my bones still crack often but not as much as before and I don't feel any pain from the cracking anymore so I'm hoping that I'm tackling this problem.

My Vitamin Routine
Yuve Vegan Probiotic Gummies
In the past. I would get super painful stomach cramps and when I visited the doctor they never found anything wrong with me and told me that it was probably due to stress, I went to two different doctors and they told me the same thing. Finally, I decided to do my own research and though I can't comfim I think I may have IBS. I read that probiotics can help with IBS so I bought these vegan probiotic gummies.

Probiotics help with gut problems which is why since adding these probiotic gummies to my vitamin routine I haven't had any stomach issues! Probiotics can also be found in food that contains good bacteria such as fermented foods and yogurt. Before I cut out yogurt entirely from my diet I would consume so much yogurt (it was my favorite go-to snack) so I didn't have any stomach issues 10 years ago but the past 2-3 years that I've stopped eating yogurts my stomach pains have become really bad to the point where I couldn't stand up.

Anyways, I'm glad that I've added probiotics to my routine because now I don't get painful stomach aches and don't have to worry about getting an episode during work.

My Vitamin Routine
Vicks ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-stress Sleep Melatonin + Ashwagandha Gummies
I often have trouble sleeping at night so I like to keep some melatonin gummies by my nightstand on nights when I can't naturally shut off for the night. The first time I took these I was out! 30 minutes before bedtime I take one gummy and I'm out like a light! They have a few different versions but I've only tried the original and these de-stress, I haven't noticed any difference between the two.

They're also non-habit forming and don't make you feel groggy the next morning. They don't contain any gelatin either! Which is so cool that a huge company like Vicks is making gelatin-free gummies.

My Vitamin Routine
What vitamins do you take daily?

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Crochet Art Journal Pages ♥ Patreon Preview

Crochet Art Journal Pages
This is a Patreon preview. For more posts like this and more pledge to my Patreon.

I like to draw my projects before starting so that I can get an idea of what shapes to make and what yarn colors I'm going to use which is why keeping a crochet notebook is essential. Today I am going to share a couple of pages from my crochet art notebook. I've had several crochet notebooks in the past but when my last one was complete I decided to get more creative and make a crochet art journal.

What's the difference you may ask? In a regular crochet notebook, I would just draw a quick sketch and write my pattern below. In a crochet art notebook, I draw (and color them) pictures of crochet projects that I would like to make in the future, it's more artsy fartsy. I also have a few pattern pages but I will show you those in a different post.

Crochet Art Journal Pages
Overwatch is one of my favorite games and one of the things I've been dying to make are some Overwatch-inspired dolls. Here are some of the ones that I would like to make in the future. D.Vais the first one I will make because she's my favorite! As much as I love crocheting dolls, they take a lot of work and I usually get bored/frustrated making them halfway through.

Crochet Art Journal Pages
Here are some more crochet doll ideas. I actually made that cow kigurumi doll, you can adopt here. On the right page, I drew some future Patreon ideas (yes, I know I spelled it wrong, lol). I also made that Mooey coffee cozy already, you can get it here.

Crochet Art Journal Pages
This is my K-pop fan stick pages. On the left, are the drawings of my GOT7, MONSTA X, IKON, and TWICE fan sticks, all patterns are available on my blog. On the right page is the BTS fan stick along with the pattern that I wrote on a scrap piece of paper.

Crochet Art Journal Pages
Here's a sneak peek at my next three K-pop fan sticks. BLACKPINK has been my most requested fan stick and they're supposed to be making a comeback later this month so it's one that I want to make as soon as possible. Don't worry you will all be the first to see the pattern!

The other two fan sticks are MAMAMOO and Red Velvet. I'm still not sure if I will be making the MAMAMOO fan stick but I'm nearly finished with Red Velvet's so look forward to that pattern soon.

Crochet Art Journal Pages
Last but not least is my favorite page in my notebook, my BT21 page! All of these were drawn along with their patterns in a previous notebook but after I completed the BT21 series I decided to cut them out and paste on to this notebook because I'm very proud of these patterns and drawing, even though some look odd. lol

Would you like to see more pages from my crochet notebook? 

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Currently ♥ No. 23

Reading: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James
Watching: Let's Eat 2
Eating: Lentils and potatoes
Drinking: Green smoothies
Loving: Probiotics! Ever since taking some probiotics supplements my stomach pains have gone away!
Feeling: After a crappy of weeks I've been feeling better.
Celebrating: National Doughnut Day! I love doughnuts!
Excited for: Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield! Wooloo is the purest!
Working on: The Blogilates 28-day workout challenge. Is anybody else doing this?

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Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through + HelloPaperCat Haul ♥ May 2019

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
Early in May, I shared a few pages from my Hobonichi, including some pages from May. However, I completed the month so I wanted to share more of my favorite pages that I designed in May. At the end of this post, I also include my latest haul from HelloPaperCat at the end of this post so scroll to the bottom if you're interested.

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
My Hobonichi has become quite bulky so I attached a cute cherry blossom strap that came with a cake box. It's super cute and keeps my Hobonichi from exploding. lol

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
In May, I took on the #amigurumay challenge so I printed out the calendar so I could remember the days. I'm happy to report that I completed the challenge so my past self would be happy.

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
I messed up the page on the left so I cut out a page from my rainbow page and taped to cover up the hideous mess. I'm very happy with how it came out!

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
The Overwatch page was fun to make. They're all saying one of their voice lines!

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
These two pages were probably some of my favorite inspirational quotes I wrote this month.

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
Writing out my weekly/monthly horoscope has been one of my favorite additions I've added to my Hobonichi. If you're a Cancer, I highly recommend this page. They post daily horoscopes and they're really accurate!

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
Here is my latest haul from HelloPaperCat, my favorite shop for cute stationery! I picked up a lot because it was their anniversary. But I've become quite good friends with the owner so she included lots of extras which I wasn't expecting! Thank you Seriya!

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
Her dog, Pocky, needs to get eye surgery so she's trying to raise money for his surgery. If you can, go and support her shop. I know she would really appreciate it.

Kawaii Hobonichi Flip Through
What planner do you use?

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